Saturday, 17 January 2015

Sunshine makes me happy

I captured these photos
of sunshine on my windowsill.
Recently I bought some new
bathroom things so I wanted to show you those too!
I thought the sun shining through the window
would make a good background!

When I visited my Aunt at New Year
I was very taken with one of her
Christmas gifts.

A light room fragrance of
Frangipani and Lime
which is perfect for our Summer days
and it is Made in New Zealand.
I decided to treat myself to one too!

As I'm reading your blog posts
and seeing the snow lying on the ground
I wanted to share a little of our
New Zealand sunshine with you!

We are having the most wonderful


Then I found myself humming
'Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy'
as I wrote this post,
so... I popped over to YouTube
and downloaded the video for you.

It's not compulsory listening if you're
not a John Denver fan!

I couldn't resist giving you a few more photos
of my Pierre de Ronsard rose.
I'm 'over the moon' with everything about this rose
it is a prolific bloomer

A Star

and that's after just one year in the garden.
I recommend it to anyone looking for a
new pink rose.

I'm joining Karen for Sunlit Sunday
Judith for Mosaic Monday
Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration

Thank you for your comments
Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt



  1. Your Pierre takes me straight back to France, Shane, as I had two of them in my garden, They were wonderful, and covered with blooms.

  2. Hello Shane, thanks for sharing some of your sunshine through such lovely pictures you have taken. Your rose is truly beautiful, I've made a note of that one. I see you are joining on Grow your Blog again and offering your help. That was how we met. Such an enjoyable way to meet new friends. Yes some fall by the way as they say, but the true ones remain. Enjoy your weekend.I'm hoping we may get some sunshine, it's looking a bit grey at the moment.

  3. I love the effect of the sunshine coming through the glass tiles, it looks gorgeous. Ah, and those roses, they are so beautiful. I must get one this year for our garden in France. I hope it will cope with the poor soil on our hill top.

  4. Well, I AM a John Denver fan and it's pretty cold here today, so thank you for that!

    what lovely gifts! And your photos set them off the very best. Thanks for the sunshine!

  5. I love the sun shining through a pretty window. Those look like glass blocks...I shared a photo of mine this week, too. Happy weekend my friend! Hugs!

  6. Thank you so much for the warming sunshine and beautiful roses. They's helped me face the chilly day outside my own windows.

    Best wishes for a continued beautiful NZ summer.

  7. I like the sunshine through the glass block window! It's so pretty in it's distortions. Your roses are gorgeous. Thank you for the bit of warm sunshine for us. It's sunny here today too but -20 C with a windchill of -30C. I'm not leaving the house! Hugs. Pam

  8. Bright and beautiful sunshine! Thank you, Shane, for such an uplifting post. The fresh and floral loveliness of frangipani flowers is one of my absolute favourites! We have planted our second frangipani tree in the front of the house, (the first was probably over watered my moi, and didn't survive all that TLC), and I hope this one flourishes. This past summer, it gifted us with several sweet blooms and the most lovely scent!

    Enjoy your aromatic ambiance!

    Happy weekend!


  9. A lovely sunny post indeed! Great to share some sunshine with you. xx

  10. Oh thank you so much for that beautiful warm sunshine-I sure could use it! You have captured the sunlight in each of your photos beautifully Shane. And those roses-oh my-gorgeous! They remind me of peonies a bit.

  11. Thank you for sharing your sunshine with us. After some cold rainy days here the sun came back out yesterday and today. It is so good to see it once again. I enjoyed the song my John Denver. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  12. Daar Shane, I can feel the sun shine already! Enjoy the summer time. I like your rose. Maybe I can buy it too! Groetjes, Hetty

  13. Thank you for sending sunshine our way Shane! It is so cold here. Enjoy yiur beautiful Summer weather and the weekend!

  14. A lovely "sunny" post Shane. I could almost smell the fragrance of your room perfume and the beautiful roses.Such a gentle,warm to your heart post. Hugs Shirley

  15. Dearest Shane,
    THANK you so much; needed some sunshine on another dreary and dark winter's day. Also the song from John Denver is great.
    Sending you hugs and Sunday blessings,

  16. You are so beautiful and sweet, dear Shane! Thank you for sharing your sunshine with us. You may have shared the sunshine from New Zealand, but your kindness and sweet heart is plenty of sunshine to touch the lives of your blogging friends :)

    Love to you, dearie!

  17. Hi Shane,
    Thanks for all the sunshine! I love frangipani and try to grow them here. The scent is amazing. Your Pierre rose is amazing. I'd be over the moon, too. Happy Sun Lit Sunday!

  18. Thanks for sharing this sunny post Shane. I can do with a bit of sunshine and brightness. It's very dull and rainy here in Holland today, we even expect some wet snow tonight...
    Erna x

  19. Thanks for sharing this sunny post Shane. I can do with a bit of sunshine and brightness. It's very dull and rainy here in Holland today, we even expect some wet snow tonight...
    Erna x

  20. Shane, a most beautiful post -- a touch of sunshine is what I needed on this blustery Seattle day!

  21. Thank you for your warm thoughts of sunshine our way during our winter month of January. The sun shining through your window is lovely. I'm sure the Frangipani and Lime and smells divine ... lime is one of my favourite scents and I'm just finishing up some lime hand and body lotion.

  22. Thanks for the sunshine, Shane. Your pictures are a work of art!

  23. Hello Shane, thank you for sharing your sunshine... It is very much appreciated on this dreary day we are having here.. Your roses are beautiful, lovely color... Have a happy day and week ahead!

  24. Dear Shane, thank you so much for your Summer sun!
    We still have winter and cold, and I know, why the sun came out today :O)
    Sending Love and hugs for a blessed new week,

  25. This post is so lovely as the rain falls and the wind blusters. Light summery fragrances, beautiful rays of light and oh, my, those gorgeous roses. Thank you, Shane. I hope your week continues to be full of glorious sunshine!

  26. There can never be too many photos of your Pierre rose, Shane. It is the Queen of the rose garden.
    That frangipani and lime fragrance sounds really nice; I like anything which involves lime! xxx

  27. Your flowers are gorgeous and I love your peonie soap bottle, so pretty
    What a nice summer it is. Yesterday
    we had 37 degrees down here. Probably one of the hottest days e ever experienced in NZ Wish you many more nice days to come

  28. Thanks for the sunshine! Here in central France it is a bit colder today, with a forecast for scattered snow showers later. So I'm going to NEED that sunshine...


  29. Uh huh, I'm humming the song now and I did like John Denver. :-)
    Thank you for sharing some much needed sunshine and your pretty pink roses Shane.
    Have a good week.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  30. Shane, I have a Pierre de Ronsard trained to grow up a wall in our garden. I love it to bits and am always sad if the flowers don't open fully due to the weight, yours look even lovelier as a mosaic.
    Have a wonderful week.

  31. Hi Shane,

    Thank you for the warmth you send us. We can use it in Holland. It's really wintry overhere. Some parts of our county are even covered in snow, but Rotterdam is greay and rainy!

    Your new bathroom bottles look attractive. Wish you could send the smell my way :-)

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

  32. Thanks for sharing the lovely is already warming me.

  33. Love the sunshine through your window. Just seeing and reading about your glorious summer makes me smile. Those pink roses are just amazing. It is one I would love too.

  34. Love the flowers! Thanks for the sunshine. Here in Iowa we need it! It has been warmer lately; the past few days it has gotten above freezing, so it has been bearable, but I do miss summer!

  35. Hi Shane,
    Thank you for your visit to the Casa dei Fiori ...
    Looking forward, if you visit me virtually in the spring.
    I wish you a good time. Maybe there with you had better weather?
    With us there is terrible ....;-(

    Kind regards from Germany ... Erwin

  36. Dear Shane - love your sunshine is a sight for sore winter eyes. For the most part it is rather cloudy here so what a treat to see your summer sun - just love those beautiful roses too. I can smell them blooming. John Denver was a very favorite artist of mine. I happen to have that song and do play it often. Thanks for reminding me that there is sunny days out there! Hugs

  37. Lovely photos. We can always use a spot of sunshine here in the northern hemisphere as we plod through winter. Interesting, too, is your John Denver reference, a second one this week. The other came from England in regards to last post. He was one of my favorite singers and with a strong Colorado connections.

  38. Dear Shane,

    your sunny photos light up this frosty day. The sunlight shines through the glass with a special glow,like a reflection on water.Let me say it in John Denvers fill up my senses, like a night in the forest, like the mountains in springtime,like a walk in the rain, like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean....
    Thank you. Luv Babs

  39. Is the rose scented Shane, it is so lovely to look at.
    And yes, isn't our summer great so far, I hope it lasts a few weeks longer yet :)


  40. What a lovely post sharing the sun with all of us. Thank you for doing this!

  41. I love the sunshine, it looks lovely coming in your window, those roses are lovely too!!

  42. I really love the warmth in these images :)

  43. Hello, my sweet friend! I had to come back for more of your lovely sunshine :)

    Thank you, my dear, for sharing this sweet post at Roses of Inspiration. Have a wonderful day! Love to you!

  44. I love sunshine - it makes the day so much nicer!
    Though it's not extremely cold here, I'll enjoy you pocket of sunshine just the same!

  45. Thank you so much for the pocket full of sunshine. We need it right now so it's most welcome!!

  46. What a nice post this is. Living in California, I get lots of sunshine, but it is winter here now, so it's very cold and no sun today. I love your pictures with the warm sun shining through the windows, they're so pretty.

    Thank you for the comment on my "lovely" post. I know what you mean about the reality shows. I was thinking the same thing when I wrote the post haha.

    I hope the new year is being good to you.




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